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New Terminal 2 at Brussels South Charleroi Airport open for business

It might not be the most high-profile opening of 2017, but Brussels South Charleroi Airport is confident that its new Terminal 2 will make a big difference to passengers and its airline customers.

For the terminal, which opened yesterday and took just 10 months to build, is designed to boost passenger comfort and allow the airport to accommodate future growth.

Covering a floor area of 5,800sqm, Terminal 2 boasts eight check-in desks, three departure gates and two baggage carousels in the Arrivals hall.

The gateway is also quick to point out that like Terminal 1, it will also have unlimited free Wi-Fi, lounge, refreshment facilities and a duty free for pre-departure shopping. 

Fittingly, Ryanair operated the first flight out of the new terminal, airport staff being on hand to celebrate the early monring departure to Budapest with passengers.
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They were also joined by René Collin, the minister in charge of airport policy in Wallonia, who marked the occasion by presenting gifts to the first passengers.

Jean-Jacques Cloquet, CEO of Brussels South Charleroi Airport, expressed his delight at the latest progress in development of the airport.

“It has been much talked about, we have been waiting for it and now we have it, Terminal 2 at BSCA!

"We can be justly proud of the efforts made by everyone to complete this project in record time. This feat is evidence of the full extent of the know-how and responsiveness we demonstrated in successfully completing this development, which is essential to the growth and diversification of our business.

"Thanks to Terminal 2, we will eventually be able to handle ten million passengers. Initially T2 will be open at peak times in order to relieve the pressure on terminal 1 and accommodate passengers in greater comfort.”
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Brussels South Charleroi Airport was one of the world's most punctual airports in 2016, according to the latest OAG Punctuality League report, which reveals that 88.65% of its flights took off on-time last year. 

Its performance made it the third most punctual airport in the world in its size category in 2016, behind only Newcastle Airport in the UK and Anchorage in Alaska, USA.

The Belgian gateway handled a record 7.3 million passengers in 2016, 5% more than in the previous year.

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